Happy New Year!!
We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Hopefully you had some down time to relax. I know that we are back to work even though the students aren't back yet. This is a great time to reorganize, streamline, and set new goals for the new year/semester.
I normally post tools that can help you with your students and/or the function of the library but today I'm going to share a website that your students might find useful and it can give you some insight into what they are dealing with and what they are trying to accomplish.
HackCollege.com gives tips and tricks for almost anything. There are articles and videos ranging anywhere from How to Pack for Freshman Week to How to Improve Your Crappy Car to How to be Successful with Online Classes.
One of my favorite things on this site is an infographic about searching better with Google. I think I heard some grumbling but hear me out.
I know that we want our students to only use the library when completing assignments but, to be realistic, that's not going to happen. And what happens with our seniors at the end of every semester? They graduate and no long have access to all the awesomeness that is THE LIBRARY...what then?
We have to prepare our students for the inevitability of Google searching. They already know what it is and they are comfortable navigating though it but we need to show them how to be efficient searchers.
This infographic gives great tips about searching Google better but that can help students understand our databases a little better too. Even though a search engine operates differently than a database, knowing that you can tell the system what you want will make our lives as librarians easier because it builds a foundation of knowledge about defining perimeters to get better results. It even gives a plug about using the campus library!!
Like I said, HackCollege is full of all kinds of information for students and even includes "Study Breaks" which might give you a chuckle or two. Even if you aren't a fan of searching in Google, give this infographic a look and if you choose not to share it with your students maybe it can help you in your personal searches.
Please leave us some comments below about the site, the narrative, or the inforgraphic. We would love to hear your thoughts.